Basic Biographical Details

Name: Allan Stevenson & Cassels
Designation: Architectural practice
Started: c. 1922
Ended: April 1927
Bio Notes: Nothing is as yet known of Allan Stevenson's family background or training, but he commenced practice in Ayr prior to 1876, and c. 1885 he was briefly in partnership with _____ Kair as Stevenson & Kair.

In 1885 Thomas McGill Cassels, born in 1869, was articled to Stevenson, attending classes at Ayr Academy. In 1890 he moved to the office of civil engineer Charles C Lindsay in Glasgow, leaving in the following year to become principal assistant to Peter Macgregor Chalmers, and studying at Glasgow School of Art and the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College throughout this period. He returned to Allan Stevenson's office in 1895 as managing assistant. It is not clear when he first became a partner, but he was still managing assistant at the time of his election as LRIBA in the mass intake of 20 July 1911. The practice did not become Allan Stevenson & Cassels until c. 1923, an event which probably marked retirement at the age of about 74.

In April 1927 Cassels merged the practice with that of Alexander Mair, a former apprentice of Stevenson's - the practice name now becoming Allan Stevenson, Mair & Cassels - but Mair demerged his clientele in 1929, probably because he had received the major commission for Ayr County Buildings and was now attracting much more business than Cassels, particularly from dairies. Cassels thereafter continued the practice alone, reverting its name to Allan Stevenson & Cassels. In later years the practice was taken over by Duncan McCulloch and subsequently by E A Darley, who formed the Darley Hay partnership. The Darley Hay archive was transferred to Ayrshire Archives in 2007 after the Darley Hay firm merged with Carricks to become Carricks Darley Hay.

See separate entry for Allan Stevenson & Cassels (1929-1945).

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architectural practice:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 2Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandPrivate   
Item 2 of 256, Sandgate Street, Ayr, Ayrshire, ScotlandBusiness   

Employment and Training

Employees or Pupils

The following individuals were employed or trained by this architectural practice (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 2Allan Stevensonc. 1922(?)c. 1922(?)PartnerStevenson may have died or retired at the time when the practice's name changed to Allan Stevenson & Cassels
Item 2 of 2Thomas McGill Casselsc. 1922April 1927Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architectural practice was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 32 House, James StreetTarbolton AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - date not known
Item 2 of 321922Cottages for John Toll and Daniel BrakenridgeAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 3 of 321923Double house for F H MacphersonAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 4 of 321923Sewers at SouthannanFairlie AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 5 of 32192440-44 High StreetAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 6 of 321924Ayrshire Sanatorium  AyrshireScotlandAlterations and additions
Item 7 of 321924Hall at AnnbankAnnbank AyrshireScotland 
Item 8 of 321924Kingsbridge & Salcombe District Cottage Hospital  DevonEnglandBegun by Cassels alone; completed in partnership with Mair
Item 9 of 321924Knockrivoch Farm  AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations - plans dated
Item 10 of 321924Mossblown and Drumley Community CentreMossblown AyrshireScotland 
Item 11 of 321925Blacklands  AyrshireScotlandPlan of grounds
Item 12 of 321925Bogside RacecourseBogside AyrshireScotlandNew curve on course
Item 13 of 321925Bungalow for James SmithAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 14 of 321925Bungalow for John Boyd, KingcasePrestwick AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 15 of 321925Bungalows for R W HillPrestwick AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 16 of 321925Burnton Farm, 44 Houses for Dalmellington Iron CompanyDalmellington AyrshireScotland 
Item 17 of 321925Double Villa for William Govan & SonsPrestwick AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 18 of 321925Enterkine Estate, Milton MillStair (near) AyrshireScotlandPlan of ground
Item 19 of 321925Galloway CreameryStranraer WigtownshireScotlandManager's house - plans dated
Item 20 of 321925Hall, The GlebeBallantrae AyrshireScotlandMainly by Stevenson?
Item 21 of 321925Kirkmichael House  AyrshireScotlandAdditions to house - plans dated
Item 22 of 321925Mid Moncur, plan of ground  AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 23 of 321925Mill and Stanley FarmsEglinton Estate AyrshireScotlandPlan of ground
Item 24 of 321925Mr Andrew Mitchell's ground, KingcasePrestwick AyrshireScotlandPlans dated
Item 25 of 321926Brae of AuchendraneMaybole (near) AyrshireScotlandAdditions and alterations to 'Brae Farm'
Item 26 of 321926Midton Farm  AyrshireScotlandField drains - plans dated
Item 27 of 321926Nethermains FarmNethermains AyrshireScotlandPlan of ground
Item 28 of 321926StranleurAyr AyrshireScotlandAlterations
Item 29 of 321926Three-apartment flatted housesAyr AyrshireScotland 
Item 30 of 321926Water supplyWest Drumsuie Ayrshire?ScotlandPlans dated
Item 31 of 321926William Culley's propertyGirvan AyrshireScotlandDetails drawings
Item 32 of 321927Bridgend CaféDalmellington AyrshireScotlandBilliard Saloon


Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architectural practice:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSInventory of office drawings  
Item 2 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information about Darley Hay Archive from Rob Close